Editorials

Terrorists are cowards

Islamic terrorists who slaughtered seven people in London last week probably would have killed more had it not been for several courageous people who fought back. Their stories are illustrative of the extremists’ mindset. One hero in a pub saw all three knife-wielding brutes stabbing a ...

Battling terrorists

Our government should battle Islamic terrorists wherever they are, of course. But when they assault a people with whom we Americans have had a long friendship, our obligation becomes especially binding. Most terrorist attacks involve individuals or small groups of murderers. But a small army ...

End hysteria over Trump

It is one thing to disagree with a president’s policies or to dislike his personality. It is quite another to engage in the hysteria — and that is the appropriate word — that some have directed against President Donald Trump. Led by some entertainers and politicians, a few critics of ...

Mayor’s pick will matter

Gloversville Mayor Dayton King has a big decision to make in whom to appoint to the Gloversville Housing Authority Board of Commissioners to replace former member James Del Savio. This is familiar territory for King. By our count, this will be his eighth appointment to the GHA board over the ...

Cheers and Jeers

CHEERS — To Montgomery County for combining its public health director and director of mental hygiene jobs into one position. The Montgomery County Legislature recently appointed Sara Boerenko, who had been working as the mental hygiene director, to the county’s public health director job. ...

Move toward civil debate

After so many years of apathy toward politics, it’s a breath of fresh air to see so many people engaging with their federal representative on matters important to them. We hope people keep it up. U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik’s campaign staff recently rallied supporters to “fight back” ...

Kushner talks appropriate

It is a measure of how topsy-turvy politics has become that a technique some believe averted nuclear war in 1962 now is being condemned. That is, in a word, crazy. The newest controversy involving President Donald Trump revolves around his son-in-law, Jared Kushner. Critics say that before ...

Knowledge is dangerous

Keeping secrets can be just as important as uncovering them for intelligence agencies. An enemy’s knowledge of what one knows can be dangerous. The anger of British officials about leaks regarding their investigation of the Manchester concert hall bombing is understandable, then. Americans ...

Security limits are essential

Even as the courts persist in admonishing President Donald Trump’s administration for attempts to restrict people from selected countries from coming to the United States, it becomes clearer some sort of limits are essential to our security. On Thursday, a federal appeals court in ...

Budget battle set to begin

Now the bare-fisted battle for money begins: President Donald Trump is recommending a $4.1 trillion federal budget. There is something in it — or, rather, not in it — to anger just about every member of Congress. Both senators and House of Representatives members from both our states ...

King’s idea is right idea

At the first meeting of the Fulton County Shared Services Panel, County Administrator Jon Stead and Board of Supervisors Chairman Michael Kinowski made it clear that the state-mandated process that formed the panel of local municipal leaders is about sharing services — something Fulton County ...

Cheers and Jeers

CHEERS — to the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department for busting a credit card fraud ring and arresting four alleged perpetrators last week. Those charged include men from Gloversville and Fort Plain. According to Sheriff Richard Giardino, the men were victimizing businesses in the city and ...

Meaningful spending cuts

If President Donald Trump’s proposal to eliminate the Community Development Block Grant program is accepted by Congress, it would not be the first time Washington has attempted to rein in federal spending on the backs of thousands of local governments. It happened a few decades ago when a ...

Challenges with Turkey

U.S. relations with Turkey are among the knotty foreign policy challenges President Donald Trump faces. The country is an important ally against both Islamic terrorists and Russia. But even in such a critical relationship, there are lines that U.S. officials cannot allow Turkey to cross. One ...

A message to the Saudis

There can be no doubt Saudia Arabia leaders got the message President Donald Trump was sending Saturday. Ironically, it was one former President Barack Obama claimed to be trying to convey — but in which he failed dismally. Trump has been accused of, in effect, being unnecessarily blunt and ...

Pandora’s box opened

After it was revealed the Justice Department has named former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel to head an investigation into alleged contact between Russian officials and President Donald Trump’s associates, some in the media and politics expressed concern. Pointing to some ...

What passes for justice?

Army Pvt. Chelsea Manning, released from prison Wednesday under a clemency order signed by former President Barack Obama, will be eligible for various benefits including military health care, at least for a time, the Army has revealed. Manning, formerly known as Bradley Manning, was convicted ...

Subdivision a bad idea

Sometime soon, possibly next month, the Northampton Town Board will be faced with the decision of whether or not to rezone the Sacandaga Golf Course to allow a 10-parcel residential subdivision that’s being proposed by developer John Mulcahy. Mulcahy has proposed purchasing the 54-acre golf ...

Cheers and Jeers

CHEERS — to voter support for education. Every school budget in Johnstown and Gloversville passed on Tuesday, which we see as the area’s commitment to education. Thanks to the state tax cap, and some realistic planning on the part of area school boards, there were no onerous budgets ...

Dictator’s ‘ho-hum’

One could almost hear the “ho-hum” from North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un Tuesday, after the U.N. Security Council voted to condemn his most recent missile test. And by the way, the Security Council added, all countries should implement previous U.N. requests for sanctions against North ...